“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest”, this quote attributed to Maya Angelou, an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist captures it all of those who have chosen to make impact in today’s ever changing society.
The dynamics of life occasioned by population explosion and scarcity of choices has made many moving from pillar to pillar in search of personal gains. Consequently, the decision of been consistent remains a virtue for few who are prepared to sacrifice their personal leanings for the general good.
Mrs. Mimi Adzape-Orubibi, fits in to the category of persons Maya Angelou spoke of. On assumption of office as the Executive Chairman, Board of Internal Revenue Service, Benue State, she immediately introduced a computerised means of tax collection to eliminate the era when tax collectors printed receipts and diverted government funds to private pockets. This singular move which was an instant boost to revenues accruing to government coffers stood her out. Previous occupants of the office were noted to have concentrated on building their private empires.
To embark on such policy in a male-dominated and controlled system require one who is courageous and determined to sacrifice to attain a common good. This is why even as she is needed to continue adding value to Benue tax administration, there seem to be loud voices calling on her to apply her potential at the National Assembly as Senator representing Benue North East Senatorial zone.
With over 15 years of experience in taxation and economic related issues, Mimi has armed herself with requisite knowledge in the service of her fatherland and humanity.
At Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) where she began her career as a tax Officer II and later rose to head several Sections including Head Returns and Payment Processing, Head Filing & Debt Enforcement, Head Tax Audit, Head Collection Monitoring, before finally becoming a senior manager in charge of tax. Her growth in her place of work has been attributed to her diligence, hard work, consistency and resilience. She has carved a niche for herself in revenue generation.
At BIRS using her many years as a tax manager she has enshrined transparency and accountability in the handling of government’s revenue.
Speaking on her mandate at BIRS she said: “We now enjoy public confidence in what we are doing. The Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, of government are also not left out. They now use the Point of Sale (POS). The policy exempts consultants or agents we engaged who have been given targets to meet because they collect revenue and remit monthly to BIRS accounts.
She further said “The accounts they pay into are non-cheque accounts. Once money is paid in, it is automatically transferred into the Accountant General’s account. Nobody is permitted to handle cash anymore. Before now, the MDAs had numerous revenue accounts. What they were doing was that they would pay into such accounts and withdraw at will. But when I came in, in line with Section 6 of the Revenue Administrative Act of Benue State, which says we should close all the revenue accounts MDAs were operating which were not opened with authorization, I wrote banks and the MDAs to close such accounts in line with the provisions of the Act”, the BIRS boss stated.
With these bold and courageous policies, Mrs. Mimi Adzape-Orubibi has revolutionized the art of tax collection and administration in Benue State. She has been generally applauded for selflessness in her service to the State.
Recently, the Nigeria Governor’s Forum invited her to make a presentation on how she has been able to raise the revenue base of the state for others to take a cue from.
Also, the traditional institution in her local government of origin, crowned her with a chieftaincy title in recognition of her ingenuity.
Like the biblical saying in Luke 16:10 which say; “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones, the Benue North East Senatorial zone believes Mimi has been faithful as the tax manager and so should be elevated to represent the as their Senator in 2019.
This daughter of the Benue North East senatorial district has the experience, exposure to credibly represent the zone at the red chambers of the National Assembly. She is God fearing, kind, generous and accessible to all who come to her. Acclaimed to be focused, capable and trusted, Mrs Mimi Orubibi has refused to be a typical Nigerian by privatizing her official duties by building her private empire.
This attributes and her wealth of experience have made the constituents of her senatorial district to have confidence to repose leadership to her. Being a good tax manager and an innovator it is believed that she is the right person to manage the senatorial district at this time of scarce resources.
This great tax manager has the following professional affiliations;
Member, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) (2011).
Member, The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Nigeria (2009)
Member, the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (ICEN) (2008).
Member, Nigerian Institute of Cost and Management Accountants (2005)
Member, Institute of Management (NIM) (2003)…… amongst others
She has also attended numerous Workshops and seminars among which includes
2014 Towards Sustainable Development and Organizational Competitiveness in Nigeria, Pan African University, Lagos.
2013 Public Procurement for Sustainable Development (World Bank Sponsored).
2010 Relationship Management in Today’s Nigeria tax system
2008 Developing Relationship Management Competencies,
2007 Leadership Development, Leadership Academy
From the above it is apparently clear that she is eminently qualified to take the up the role of legislating for her constituents at the highest level.